||10th Annual Literary
Old Dominion University
October 4-8, 1987
Louise Erdrich grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota, near the Turtle Mountain Reservation, where her grandfather was tribal chairman. Her novel Love Medicine won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters prize for best first fiction. Foreign editions of Love Medicine and The Beet Queen have been published in England, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Holland, Spain, France, and Denmark. In her newest work, The Beet Queen, Ms. Erdrich lets one character talk, then another, then a third. Leaps in time and in perception allow the reader intimate access to each character's dreams, expectations, and losses. We see her people when they are young and when they are old, vibrantly alive, frank, funny, and outrageous. Ms. Erdrich lives in New Hampshire with her husband/collaborator Michael Dorris and their five children.
Booklist Novels: Love Medicine; The Beet Queen. Poetry: Jacklight: Poems.
Ms. Erdrich will talk about "Post-Nuclear Fiction" at 2:30 p.m., Monday, October 5, in the Newport News Room, Webb Center. She will read from her new and published work at 8:00 that evening in Mills Godwin Auditorium. [extracted from 1987 brochure]